The 1 oz Chinese silver panda coin shows the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests, a 125 ft structure built within the Temple of Heaven complex in Beijing. The complex was built between 1406 and 1420. Its largest building, the Hall of Prayer, was reconstructed in the 1800s following a fire in 1889. This world-famous architectural marvel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a masterpiece of construction and landscape design.
The design on the reverse side is of China’s native giant panda, a rare and beloved animal known for its beauty and peaceful demeanor. The giant panda has become synonymous with China and has virtually replaced the four-legged wingless dragon as the national animal Like Australia’s kangaroo coins, the panda’s design usually changes each year (except in 2000 and 2001 when the design was repeated).
Although several different Chinese mints produce silver pandas, the coins do not bear individual mintmarks. Sometimes, slight variations in the size of the date and the temple can be used to evaluate the origins of different coins. Because these coins lack an overt mint mark, we don’t try to guess which mint issued each one. We’ll leave that particular treasure hunt to you, our knowledgeable customer!
These coins have a face value of 10 Chinese yuan. Starting in 1983, these coins were initially issued as proof coins only, weighing under one troy ounce with a silver purity of 0.900. However, in 1987, Chinese mints began striking silver panda bullion coins with 1 troy ounce of 0.999 pure silver.
Note: These silver pandas can be confusing. China minted panda coins starting in 2016 that were just a bit lighter, were measured using the metric system, and weigh 30 grams (0.965 troy ounces). However, this product is the earlier 1 troy ounce version minted between 1987 and 2015.
- A beautiful coin paying homage to centuries of Chinese history
- Nominal face value of 10 yuan (although the actual market value is much higher)
- 1 troy ounce of 0.999 fine silver
- Random year 1987-2015
- A yearly redesign on the obverse side leading to a wide variety of coins to collect